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Robert Fernandez Uses Royers SF-24 on Spider-Man 2SF-24 Phantom-Powered Stereo Ribbon Microphone records piano (August 06, 2004)
When it comes to engineering film scores for some of Hollywoods biggest movies, the work of Robert Fernandez ranks among the very best. With a resume that includes 16 years as head scoring mixer for Warner Brothers Films and a list of recent credits including The Stepford Wives, About Schmidt, and The Shipping News (to name just a few), Fernandez obviously knows a thing or two about recording. While engineering the blockbuster hit of Summer 2004: Spider-Man 2, starring Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst, Fernandez had remarkable results using Royer Labs SF-24 Phantom-Powered Stereo Ribbon Microphone to record the piano.
The Spider-Man 2 sessions were recorded during late May and early June at Sony Studios in Culver City, CA, with final sessions at Fox Studios Newman Soundstage in Culver City, CA. Working with Fernandez were composers Chris Young, John Debney, and Steve Bartek?all providing additional music cues to augment the score by Danny Elfman. Spider-mans soundtrack sounds huge, due in no small part to the number of performers involved. According to Fernandez, ?We used an orchestra in excess of 100 musicians, and this was augmented by a 30-voice choir.
With an ensemble of this size, capturing the piano becomes even more of a challenge than usual, and for this task Fernandez chose Royers recently released SF-24. According to Fernandez, ?Being a phantom powered stereo ribbon mic, I was eager to hear how it sounded on the piano?and I have to tell you, I was really pleased. The mic captured an extremely natural sound. Several people involved in these sessions?including the composers and orchestrators?were quite impressed. I kept getting comments like, ?What do you have on the piano? It sounds great! When I told them I was using a phantom powered ribbon microphone, they were just blown away.
Fernandez had similarly impressive results using the SF-24 to record orchestra on the Warner Brothers scoring stage for the upcoming Ray Charles CD ?Genius Loves Company. After positioning the SF-24 over the conductor, Fernandez said ?The SF-24 as a stereo section mic or a main room mic is perfect.
Designed as a premium instrument for stereo and distance miking applications, the SF-24 represents a significant improvement for many ambient and critical applications due to the inclusion of Royers exclusive active electronics system for ribbon microphones. The SF-24 consists of two matched ribbon microphones placed one above the other, each aimed 45 degrees from center in the classic Blumlein configuration.
?What was particularly interesting was the fact that the SF-24 provided quite a bit of rejection, notes Fernandez. ?I wasnt picking up much of the orchestra?I was getting a lot of really nice piano without all the background. Thats a big plus. I was really impressed with how good the microphone sounded and how well it held up in that orchestra setting. The SF-24 really cut through.
Located in Burbank, California, Royer Labs microphones are a staple of leading recording and broadcast facilities. Additional information on the SF-24 and all Royer microphones can be found at www.royerlabs.com.
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